What is PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A?
PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A is a potentially unwanted application that is not malicious itself, but may cause unwanted browser settings changes as well as some other negative symptoms. Potentially unwanted programs usually come bundled with freeware or shareware. PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A, also known as Browser Protect virus, could also have been downloaded from the official webpage browserprotect.org.
On that page the program is described as a tool that “keeps your browsers safe from home page, search providers, extensions and other hijacks” which is true to some extent. What you will not see on the main page, however, is that there are serious privacy and security related issues that come with the program. You should delete PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A as soon as you can.
Why should I delete PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A?
After you install PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A, the program detects supposed threats to your browser and presents you with a Remove button. If you click on it, you will be redirected to Facebook log in page. This behavior is certainly suspicious and it is very likely that if you do log into your account the program will spread via your friends list. Moreover, it is also very possible that your login and other private information will be collected by the application.
PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A may also cause other unwanted symptoms like making your computer run much slower than it used to. You should also know that the application is responsible for various redirects to unfamiliar pages in the middle of your browsing. What is more, it can expose you to unsafe content and virtual scams that could result in malware infections or financial losses. If you want to avoid all of that, you should not hesitate and terminate PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A for good.
How to remove PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A from my PC?
If you want to uninstall PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A, there are two options to choose from. As the program is not malicious itself, you can try and delete it via Control Panel. In case you need instructions on how to do that you can use the ones presented below. However, we strongly recommend you download a reliable anti-malware utility that will help you to get rid of PUP.Optional.BrowserProtect.A and other potential threats that could be on your PC. After you download the tool you will be able to scan your computer and eliminate all infections. You will also be able to use it in the future as a malware prevention program.
- Click Start and select Control Panel
- Choose Add or remove programs
- Select the program and click Remove
Windows 7 and Vista
- Click Start and move to Control Panel
- Once there, choose Uninstall a program
- Select and eliminate the application
- Move cursor to the bottom right and wait for the Charm bar
- Click on Settings and open Control Panel
- Choose Uninstall a program under Programs section
- Select the unwanted application and click Uninstall.